Opinion June 27, 2020

Bri Lee
Sexual harassment in the legal profession

When news broke this week that an independent inquiry at the High Court of Australia found former justice Dyson Heydon had sexually harassed six associates during his decade on the bench, my non-law friends and colleagues were incredulous. To them, the …

Opinion June 20, 2020

Osman Faruqi
Deflecting from the real issues of Black Lives Matter

On the afternoon of Friday, June 12, the prime minister held his first press conference since the Black Lives Matter protests saw tens of thousands of Australians around the country march for racial justice, and against police brutality. Protesters …

Opinion June 13, 2020

Tarneen Onus-Williams
Why we organised Melbourne’s Black Lives Matter rally

As Black, Brown, Indigenous people and allies in the United States and across the world collectively rise up to end systemic racism and violent police practices, it was necessary for us here in Australia to also rise. This is a global movement, and this …

Opinion June 6, 2020

Richard Denniss
Unis must save staff not cash reserves

It’s easy to avoid a hard question by simply saying the government “should” provide more money to the universities. But there’s a long list of things the Morrison government should do: extend the JobKeeper payment to casuals and …

Opinion May 23, 2020

Imran Mohammad
Resettled refugees in Covid-19 lockdown

In 2018, my life changed forever. From being stateless, after seven years held in refugee detention, I became a permanent resident of the United States. The outcome is beyond words. Building trust in humanity was the most difficult part of my new life. …

Opinion May 30, 2020

Patricia Turner
Collaboration on Closing the Gap

It was only three months ago that the prime minister stood up in parliament to make his latest report on the progress of Closing the Gap. Just two of seven targets, he revealed, are on track to be met by 2025. The gap itself is a difficult concept. …

Opinion May 16, 2020

Bill Bowtell
The risks as lockdowns loosen

This weekend, Australians are emerging from the lockdown that placed the country into quasi-hibernation for almost two months. As we survey the landscape, the physical geography does not bear the scars of more familiar Australian natural disasters – …

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Opinion July 4, 2020

Test for PM in Eden-Monaro

Unfailingly, since World War II, the voters in the New South Wales seat of Eden-Monaro have picked the mood of the nation at every federal election. Well, almost every election – 2016 and 2019 were the exceptions. Today those of the seat’s …

Opinion June 20, 2020

The spectacular fall of Adem Somyurek

It took a carefully orchestrated sting lasting 12 months to rid the Australian Labor Party of a strongman few could tolerate any longer. But the fall of factional warlord Adem Somyurek has ramifications well beyond the borders of his Victorian fiefdom. Somyurek …

Opinion June 13, 2020

Scott Morrison faces a dilemma

There’s nothing like the prospect of voters about to mark their ballot papers to focus the minds of politicians. And as parliament resumed this week, the spectre of the Eden-Monaro byelection hung over the place, jolting it out of its brief coronavirus …


Opinion July 4, 2020

Of public interest

The facts of the case are unfathomable, when you lay them out: the real prospect a journalist could be charged for reporting on credible allegations of war crimes committed by Australian troops. But this is where things now stand, with the Australian Federal Police sending a brief of evidence to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, detailing a case against ABC journalist Dan Oakes for his reporting on the “Afghan Files”.

Opinion June 26, 2020

Fighting words

“This is a genuine offer,” Anthony Albanese said of his plea to Scott Morrison to join him in ending Australia’s energy wars once and for all. But it’s hard to call it a truce when one side concedes nothing. There’s another word for that kind of deal.

Opinion June 20, 2020

No hope of help

In politics, some things are accidental. Some only start that way. Perhaps when they began designing JobKeeper, the government couldn’t remember what casual work entailed. Perhaps they simply forgot there were migrants here on temporary visas. It is only a million or so people between the two groups.


Opinion July 4, 2020

Jackson thrives

Where’s Kathy Jackson when you need her during a pandemic? It’s a cry Gadfly hears frequently as he gallivants around a boarded-up nation, so it’s timely to present a handy updated guide to events. Kathy was the national secretary of the Health Services Union of Australia, the outfit that represents a massive number of people who work in and around hospitals and nursing homes. As far back as August 2015, the Federal Court found Jackson had misappropriated union funds and ordered her to repay $1.4 million. Regrettably, she had been declared bankrupt two months earlier.

Opinion June 27, 2020

Dicey business

It’s as though the entire conservative cause in our weird nation has been deracinated. The allegations against Dyson Heydon leave much havoc in their wake. His political sponsors, Little Winston Howard and the Mad Monk, look gormless, while he has blotted the escutcheons of luminous institutions from the High Court to the University of Sydney, where he is an emeritus professor.

Opinion June 20, 2020

Mad Monk’s misjudgement

After the Mad Monk’s remark that there is no evidence the court system gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a terrible time, it is just as well that his bronzed bust at the Ballarat avenue of prime ministers is now sheathed in protective wrapping. A spray can of red paint also decorated the bust of his beloved spiritual godfather, and another emblem of regressive Australia, Little Winston Howard. Now taped in plastic wrap, both of them have never looked better.


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Opinion July 4, 2020

Aunty stands alone

Rick Morton analyses the problems of the ABC with clarity (“Exclusive: New govt report targets ABC”, June 27–July 3). Why should a report into the ABC, owned by the people, be written by a recent News Corp executive and have sections …

Opinion June 27, 2020

Where is the federal ICAC?

Paul Bongiorno’s review of Labor’s branch-stacking woes in Victoria (“I don’t know him from Adem”, June 20-26) is helpful but somewhat two-dimensional. He asks “Who can blame the government for enjoying Labor’s …

Opinion June 20, 2020

PM repaying blue-collar backers

Mike Seccombe’s article “Who Morrison is looking after” (June 13-19) rightly points out the failed opportunities and inequities of the HomeBuilder scheme. The falling percentages of public housing and young home ownership are damning …